22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  5​h 30​min
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Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Raton
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Petrified Forest National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Fort Irwin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Flagstaff
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in May; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 68°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Commonwheel Artists Co-op ©
Commonwheel Artists Co-op

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

Plan my Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Explore your travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Raton.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mosca
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Raton

Raton ©
Raton is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Capulin Volcano National Monument and then see the interesting displays at Folsom Museum. On your second day here, stop by Solano's Boot & Western Wear, then examine the collection at Raton Museum, then contemplate the long history of Trinidad History Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Most Holy Trinity Church.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Raton journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Raton. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Raton, with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Raton

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Trinidad, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Folsom Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad History Museum ©
Trinidad History Museum
Folsom Museum ©
Folsom Museum
Capulin Volcano National Monument ©
Capulin Volcano National Monument

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stop by Sun Country Traders, shop like a local with Monroe Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then learn about winemaking at The Wine Spot, and finally see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Raton to Santa Fe takes 3 hours. In May in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ojito Wilderness.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque holiday planner.

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ojito Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hike along Blue Mesa and then identify plant and animal life at Crystal Forest Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Long Logs Loop and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Painted Desert.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Petrified Forest National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, expect Petrified Forest National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa

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Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Barstow Station, take an in-depth tour of Mojave River Valley Museum, then stroll through Mojave Trail, and finally look for gifts at Eddie World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Barstow Harvey House, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Basin Natural Area, and then see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Barstow driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Barstow in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Barstow, with highs around 88°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fort Irwin.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yermo, Mojave Trail
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Mojave River Valley Museum ©
Mojave River Valley Museum

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Fort Irwin

Fort Irwin ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Painted rocks and then brush up on your military savvy at Fort irwin & NTC museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fort Irwin trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Barstow to Fort Irwin by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Barstow in May, expect nights in Fort Irwin to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Fort Irwin

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Painted rocks ©
Painted rocks

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 24th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Titanic, then try to win big at Casino at Luxor Las Vegas, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Irwin to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then take some stellar pictures from Powell Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday maker tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Family-friendly places like Bearizona Wildlife Park and Lowell Observatory will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore West of the Moon Gallery and Honshin Fine Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Flagstaff: Sedona (Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), Bell Rock, & more). It doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Walnut Canyon National Monument and pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff trip builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sedona, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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